Bembeya Jazz National

The history of Guinea’s most hallowed musical group must be viewed in the political and cultural context of that African nation’s achievement of independence. When France’s President Charles de Gaulle offered its African colonies the choice of independence, Guinea’s newly-elected President, Ahmed Sékou Touré, seized the opportunity. Touré famously told De Gaulle “We prefer liberty in poverty to riches in slavery.” As the first French African colony to choose independence, they suffered the considerable wrath of a vengeful empire. France immediately ceased all economic support,... Read More

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